“Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your father’s did not know, that he might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end. ” – Deuteronomy 8:16
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Recall that the Israelites ate manna in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:35). They were hungry, so the Lord sent them bread from heaven (Numbers 11:9). Yet, they became tired of eating the same thing and complained about it (Numbers 11:6).
God was displeased with their complaining (Numbers 11:1). He had provided them with food straight from heaven and they grumbled about such a miracle.
Sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can be like the Israelites. We can be blessed with a home, with a job, or with relationships and fail to see the mighty hand of God working in our lives and be grateful.
God explained that He gave the Israelites manna that He might humble and test them – to do them good in the end (Deuteronomy 8:16). What is your manna? What has the Lord blessed you with for which you have expressed dissatisfaction?
Do you have a good job, but want more from it? Do you have a decent home, but you yearn for something better? What about a marriage or relationship? The Lord is calling us to be grateful and to see that the things He’s blessed us with are there to humble us, to test us, and to do us good in the end.
We simply have to be thankful for the things that we have and stop worrying about what we don’t have. Let’s be content with the things that we have (Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:8).
What’s your manna?